Saturday, August 27, 2016
NORFOLK, Virginia -- Trouble with the ground game
With a two-headed monster of Greg Hankerson and Gerard Johnson carrying the football, NSU's rushing attack was surprisingly bad last year. They didn't have a single rusher average more than 50 yards per game, and averaged under 100 yards per game and a paltry 3.1 yards per carry as a team. If the Spartans want to put up points, they'll have to fix their ground game.
Deep Defensive Line
During the offseason, the Spartans switched their base defense from a 3-4 to a 4-3 to emphasize the depth they have on the defensive line. Chris Lee and Phoebus high product Walter Brantley give the Spartans a strong interior presence.
Stability at QB
The Spartans have experienced a lot of turnover at the quarterback position in recent years, so they are looking forward to the return of senior quarterback Greg Hankerson, who started all 11 games last season after transferring in from Florida Atlantic.